In the best political tradition of “ready/fire/aim,” Phil Scott and friends sent out a letter this week accusing the Shumlin administration of playing politics with state jobs. Specifically, of shifting political appointees into permanent state positions. It’s a way to reward your loyalists and extend your influence into putatively non-political areas of government.
The letter was addressed to Human Resources Commissioner Maribeth Spellman, but it was released to the media on the same day it was written. (A sure sign of political motivation.) The letter cites “concerning reports” that the administration is either reclassifying exempt (political) positions into classified (nonpolitical) ones, or creating new classified positions that political appointees could slide into.
It would be a minor scandal if true. Unfortunately, Scott has no concrete evidence, no published reports, and not a single example.
I reached out to Rachel Feldman, Scott’s chief of staff, in search of documentation. This is all I got:
The information comes from a reliable whistleblower within State government.
Okay, well, that’s not much, is it?